Department of Asian Studies
Department of Asian Studies

Judith Farquhar Presents Ho Lecture on "Gathering Medicines: Plants and Powers in China’s Southern Mountains"

Tue, February 26, 2019 | UT Peter O'Donnell Jr. Building, Avaya Auditorium (POB 2.302), 201 E 24th St, Austin, TX 78712

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Judith Farquhar Presents Ho Lecture on

UT's Humanities Institute in partnership with the Center for East Asian Studies is pleased to announce that Anthropologist Judith Farquhar will deliver this year's Paul and Mary Ho Distinguished Lecture in China Studies.  

The lecture, "Gathering Medicines: Plants and Powers in China’s Southern Mountains," will begin at 7:00 pm in the Avaya Auditorium (POB 2.302) in UT's Peter O'Donnell Jr. Building (201 E 24th St, Austin, TX 78712), and will be preceded by a reception.

The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP here if you would like to attend Dr. Farquhar's lecture.

About the Lecture:
Herbal medicine practice in China’s southern mountains is known to be ethnic, folkloric, rural and esoteric. It is also of interest to the knowledge-producing state. This talk explores practices of assembling, using, and protecting knowledge of “wild and natural” medicines among herbalists whose expertise stems from their lifelong experience of gathering medicines in the mountains.  

About the Speaker:
Dr. Judith Farquhar is Max Palevsky Professor in the Department of Anthropology of the University of Chicago (Emeritus).  From 2016-2019 she served as the faculty director of The University of Chicago Center in Beijing. Her research on contemporary China spans almost four decades, focusing on theories and practices of modern traditional Chinese medicine; everyday life and embodiment; popular culture and media; post-Mao and post-socialist micropolitics; and, most recently, national and local movements to systematize the traditional medicine practices of China’s minority nationalities.  She is the author of Knowing Practice: The Clinical Encounter of Chinese Medicine (1994); Appetites: Food and Sex in Post-Socialist China (2004); Ten Thousand Things: Nurturing Life in Contemporary Beijing (2012); and Way of Life: Things, Thought, and Action in Chinese Medicine (forthcoming, early 2020). 

About the Lecture Series:
The Paul and Mary Ho Distinguished Lecture in China Studies aims to extend and deepen understanding of China in the University community and among the general public. The lecture was endowed in 2006 by University of Texas faculty members Dr. Paul Ho and Mrs. Mary Ho. The lecture usually explores China's historical, cultural, or social connection to the Institute's current theme. The China Studies faculty works with the Institute to identify prominent and exciting lecturers in the field.

Sponsored by: Dr. Paul and Mary Ho Distinguished Lecture in China Studies

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